Penelope (Penny) Phillips strongly believes in providing her clients with strategies and solutions (not just answers) based on quality human resources and legal practices. Penny focuses exclusively on counseling and representing employers in all areas of employment law, including FMLA, wage and hour, employment discrimination claims (including gender, age, religion, disability, national origin, and race), defamation, whistleblower, breach of contract and wrongful discharge. She also investigates complaints and conducts climate (or cultural) assessments for organizations. Penny has worked with and practiced before the state and federal courts, various state, and federal agencies, including the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state and local fair employment practices agencies.
Penny is also a frequent teacher and trainer on employment issues. She provides ongoing training to employers, managers, human resource personnel and other lawyers on matters such as the FMLA, ADA, wage and hour laws, hiring and firing, sexual and unlawful harassment, discrimination, conducting investigations, alcohol and drug testing, and reductions-in-force. She has spoken to companies and organizations throughout Minnesota, the Midwest, and the United States.
Penny and her colleague Grant Collins, along with Howard Bolter, have become the editors of Employment Law and Practice, Minnesota Practice Series, Employment Law and Practice, Thompson Reuters, (4th ed. 2020).